ESSA Survey for Parents

The Georgia Department of Education announced today an online survey to get the public’s feedback on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In addition to the survey, eight feedback sessions are being held throughout the state to allow all citizens to give input on Georgia’s ESSA plan.

The online survey can be found at the following link:

Learn more about the Every Student Succeeds Act and the development of Georgia’s state plan at View a one-page overview here

8th Grade News

Sprayberry High School
Two important meetings are coming up for rising 9th graders and their parents:
Wednesday, November 30th, 6:30 p.m., Simpson Theater: Presentation by SHS Administration to Sprayberry-zoned students and parents. Information will be provided regarding SHS offerings, SHS Administration will be available to answer your questions, and more.

Thursday, December 1st, 6:00 p.m. at Sprayberry
Sprayberry is hosting an Open House for ALL of our 8th grade feeder parents to learn more about our 3 Academies (Leadership, Law & Public Service. International Spanish Academy, and Science, Math & Engineering), SHS AP programs, ROTC, Fine Arts and Athletics. You will be able to meet teachers and students involved in these programs.

Volunteer Opportunity: Duty Free Lunch

Duty Free Lunch Volunteers Needed!

Duty Free Lunch is the title given to the Fridays when teachers are provided the opportunity to eat their lunches away from the cafeteria. Most days, teachers are required to eat lunch with their students and monitor the lunch room during this time. Twice a month, they are given the opportunity to eat lunch in their classrooms and take a short break away from their students.

As a Duty Free Lunch volunteer, you will monitor the students in the cafeteria to be sure they are eating within their allotted lunch time and that they clean up their tables when they are finished. You are not required to serve food. You are not required to clean the floor or tables. If you would like to wipe down tables and/or sweep under them, you are more than welcome to do so, but you are not required to do so.

This is great way for you to see your student while he or she is at school and possibly meet some of his/her friends. It is also a wonderful way to show your support for our teachers.

Duty Free Lunch is scheduled twice a month on Fridays. Volunteers are needed between the hours of 11a – 1:30p and should sit at the round table that is center most in the cafeteria. This allows for the best view of the entire lunch room. It is recommended that volunteers be available for the entire 2.5 hours, however it is not necessary, and we we appreciate any amount of time that you are able to commit to. The only dates that are currently confirmed are Friday, August 26 and Friday, September 16 necessary.

We would like to have at least 4 volunteers scheduled for each Duty Free Lunch, as it’s the ideal number for monitoring the lunch room. We CANNOT offer a Duty Free Lunch with less than 2 volunteers. You can volunteer a little or as often as your schedule allows.

If you are interested in volunteering to cover Duty Free Lunch, or if you have any questions about it, please contact at Stacee Michaud.

Volunteers Needed

One of the best ways to learn about Simpson, its staff, teachers and students is to volunteer with PTSA!  It also accomplishes one of the most important things you can do as a middle school parents – know other parents!  We have many opportunities available and even have a few committee head position open for next year!  Please contact us if you’re interested in becoming one of these Committee heads or volunteering for a specific committee.  Incoming PTSA Co-Presidents:  Dyana Bishop and Candace Kollas .